Sunday, December 1, 2013

Rediscovering Nature in Technology

Tech: Nature Literacy: Technobiophilia

Our human existence is the interaction between nature and technology. What is being presented to us vs what is being invented by us. To why it is in our human nature to have this uncontainable desire to link ourselves back to nature can be seen thoroughly analyzed in this MOOC talk. 

Firstly, I am thrilled to have my question answered by Sue Thomas.  The intention behind my questioning (Can biophilia really get all the nature we need from the digital world or its just a way of tricking us to feel content with the nature we are really missing out from?) is pretty well answered.  For nature loving people, it is an automatic response that technology's creation of nature doesn't replace the real sight of nature.  For those who are introverted and are computer nerds, spending more time indoors than valuing what nature has to offer might have a different opinion on this. In the end, it all comes down to a person's preference and how one signifies their meaning of life.

Going back to the overall topic, technobiophilia is being explained in the MOOC talk as the innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes as they appear in technology. With this concept, nature imaginary and humanistic threats through the portrayal of technology can count for creating an environment in the cyber world in order to meet human's adaptation.  This is very important when viewed that our sense of mental comfort is 'programmed' to seek nature. 
'The powerful desire to somehow merge with machine' (Thomas, 2013).

Through generational high-tech developments, replacements are repeatedly being made to improve our standard of living. However, in one perspective(that of religion) where the creation of man through Adam and Eve and the tree of life, is the core purpose of why we humans are naturally attracted to nature even through how much we've grown (in terms of developing a civilization). Our origin and where we come from. 

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